I really enjoy coming to the village in Walthamstow for visits. There's a feeling here that one isn't "in it alone" in this life as passersby often smile and/or say hello as they move along down the pavement. And, by this, I don't mean just the crazies who've sadly infiltrated this corner of the capital, but actual "normal people". I'm also a fan of "Tetley" the 12 yr. old cat who acts like he's the Emperor of the 'stow, and can be found, very often, on the grounds of the Vestry House Museum soaking up the sun, if there's any to be had.
Wow, I've really digressed. Let's move on to a pub called The Castle which is just around the way from the village's main drag. On Monday nights, as luck would have it, they've a pub quiz that's really quite fun, if, however, pretty challenging at times. Our group came in 3rd out of 9 teams, so no prize money or bottle of wine was to be had. It was a hoot to participate though. The food, usual pub grub with a slightly upper-level look and taste, was tasty, but a bit costly. The interior is clean, funky, and replete with both proper tables and comfy sofas alike.
Really nice pub in Walthamstow, close to the 'Village' area, which is considered to be the posher part of Walthamstow. Set in a residential area, The Castle is a few minutes' walk from Orford Road where there are several shops and restaurants. I used to hate this pub, mainly for it's lack of atmosphere and Ikea furniture, however, the most recent owners have done a great job of making this feel like a proper pub which wouldn't feel out of place in an area like Islington or Primrose Hill. the decor is cosy and art work is displayed on one side of the pub.
I've been twice in the last few weeks. Once on a Monday night and once on a Friday. The Monday was very quiet despite the quiz night that was happening, but the food (we had burgers) was delicious and I can't recommend their chips enough! The menu is small and offers gastro pub style food from what I could tell. Expect to pay around £8-10ish. will definitely try and eat here again soon. the Friday night was a lot busier and we managed to get the last seat left. Seemed to be lots of groups of friends and some couples there, catching up, having meals and generally everyone seemed to be having a good time (the age range was around early twenties - mid-forties).
All in all this is my new favourite pub in Walthamstow.
A bit disappointed with somewhere that describes itself as a gastro-pub, no starters, nothing but normal (though perfectly nice) pub fare. No table service although we didn't know and waited for an age at our table before we realised!
Food OK but kitchen tends to get overwhelmed when busy and services disappointing, have tried Sunday lunch here twice and both times after mains was told would have to wait 30 mins before we could think about ordering desserts. Would suggest maybe putting a tag on the wine bottle table markers indicating that tables are reserved rather than the cutlery on the table, we had to move table as did not realise the one we had picked and thought empty was already taken.
Sorry to say I won't be back again
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